Matariki Celebrations Update

Posted by Go Waihi on 25/06/2013

The Dawn Viewing of Matariki was held on Sunday at the top of ANZAC Bay with a good crowd braving the coolish conditions to see glimpses of the cluster, and to hear some of the local history, while enjoying hot soup and the sunrise (Photos: Rachael Waihi Central School).

There were loads of smiles, lots of waiata (songs) and plenty of Maori action songs at the Hikoi (walk) and performance yesterday by the combined Waihi schools and pre-schools. As part of the combined schools Matariki, or Maori New Year, Celebrations the Hikoi featured representatives from all the schools, heading off from the Poppet Head at the top of Seddon St at midday down through town to the Waihi Memorial Hall where they presented several waiata and action songs for the public in beautiful Waihi winter weather. It was great to see all the people who took part or watched as the Hikoi headed into the centre of town. (Photos: Go Waihi).

The Matariki Celebrations continue with the inter-school Tapawae Tournament next Tuesday, July 2, and the grand finale is the Community Celebration at Waihi Community Marae on Thursday July 4. Between 4 pm and 6 pm you'll be entertained by the schools and preschools with waiata and performances on stage, and there'll be food and refreshments available so you can have anything from a snack to a full meal. Schools are preselling hangi for $12, but be quick as there are a limited number. Keep an eye out for a special guest appearance by Te Miini, who will also be performing on the night. Bring a jacket and a few dollars for refreshments and settle in for a couple of hours of homegrown top entertainment by our community, for our community.

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